City promotes bikes, but not safety

8/24/2010:

A Hoboken resident has tried to get the city to take bike safety and education seriously, with no results. Therefore, today’s Hoboken411 Reader Mail:

Hoboken not fulfilling bike safety duties

“Today , as on most days, I ran into several cyclist biking down a one way street. I picked what looked to be the most experienced cyclist, who was wearing a helmet with his bike properly loaded w gear. I asked if he was aware that he was going down a one way street. He said yes. When I asked if he was aware that it was illegal he said , “I don’t think so.”

This is an issue I have addressed with City Hall numerous times over the past year. I have written letters and talked with Mayor Zimmer, Director of Transportation and Director of Safety all to no avail. The city continues to promote cycling as a pretty alternative to autos while no public campaign exists to explain the responsibilities of cyclist are same as a vehicle. I have put the city on notice regarding this several times over the past year. They have failed to take action or even respond except to say thanks for your input and basically “isn’t it great seeing families take to their bikes”. No response what so ever regarding the safety issues or lack of cycling ordinances in Hoboken.

It is so disturbing to know the dangers of illegal cycling and watch it only grow in this town. The town has a duty of care and is only increasing the dangers to pedestrians, cyclist and drivers by promoting cycling without ordinances or enforcement. I also consider it a misuse of funds to accept state transportation funds while compromising the safety of the community.

Here’s the statue for those inclined to want proof. NJ Reg 39:4-14.1 Rights and responsibilities of persons using bicycles are those applicable to the driver of a vehicle except as specified.”

An Experienced Biker

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18 Comments on "City promotes bikes, but not safety"


wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1
5 years 9 months ago

is this town hong kong or malaysia or singapore..she came from a one horse town and has a plan..zip car 6 dollars an hr and how can any one rent to go to the shore for the weekend..daddy is a diamond cutter on east and west coast. I cant afford tabago..thankyou.

homeworld
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5 years 9 months ago

This was an issue I raised at the Bike and Pedestrian info session a few weeks ago.

dude07
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dude07
5 years 9 months ago

very distrubing moment, crossing on fifth adams and a young mother, wheeling an empty carriage, proceeds to cross with child in tow on bicycle behind her at the age of about 3! all i could think was “what are you thinking” maybe licenses should be issued for motherhood?

Kaiser Sosay
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Kaiser Sosay
5 years 10 months ago

its not just bikes that motorists have to worry about.parents and there BABY carriages in bike lanes.someone defend that.or is it ok until someone gets hurt.

animal_lover
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animal_lover
5 years 10 months ago

Baby carriage being pushed or runner w a carriage or even biker with a child in seat going down a one way street is the easier to tackle than a bike because the State will step up in this case. DYFS is very responsive in bringing accountability or removing a child from parents who put their children at high risk of potentially deadly injury.[quote comment=”196704″]its not just bikes that motorists have to worry about.parents and there BABY carriages in bike lanes.someone defend that.or is it ok until someone gets hurt.[/quote]

Dperez
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Dperez
5 years 9 months ago
I agree with you, DYFS should be contacted if an idiot parent takes his/her child for a bike ride on a one way street (I’m talking about the bikes with the baby seats on the back) . That is really both dangerous and stupid. [quote comment=”196729″]Baby carriage being pushed or runner w a carriage or even biker with a child in seat going down a one way street is the easier to tackle than a bike because the State will step up in this case. DYFS is very responsive in bringing accountability or removing a child from parents who put… Read more »
hobokenj
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hobokenj
5 years 10 months ago

Just saw a guy riding up Garden St riding his bike the wrong way talking on the phone….someone call Swat….hahahah

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